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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Photojournalism | Malaysia 57th Independence Day Celebrations | Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian King Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, center, inspects an honor guard during the 57th Independence Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, August 31st, 2014.

Malaysia 57th Independence Day | Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian Students During The 57th National Day Celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, August 31, 2014.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian Army Soldiers March During the 57th National Day Celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, August 31st, 2014.

Malaysia 57th Independence Day | Malaysia, Here Lies a Love | Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Mother And Daughter | Happy Malaysia 57th Independence Day

“I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self,  to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”

- Virginia Woolf -

I wish I can have much more beautiful settings, I mean taking a photograph of my children holding a Malaysian Flag while running towards a beautiful Mount Kinabalu or running across a stunning rice field or even silhouetted against a beautiful sunset at the beach. Anyway all of those imagination can only happen if I’ve more times, but I was so busy this past few month and the photograph above were taken around my house.

I use 50 mm lens for the photograph above and use aperture f/2 to throw the background out of focus. I did try to photograph my children together, HaiQal, Raphael and Arianna but could not get the moment that I want, it seems that they have their own mind already. Maybe too tired for a photo shoot after all this years  and I’m not surprise later on,  Arianna my little princess might get tired of me as well.

Sometimes we don’t have to travel far to get a great picture of our family, it can be taken anywhere, even inside our home but then it is good also to explore other places, to visit foreign countries because I believe only then that we will be able to fully appreciate our own country, yes our country may not be the best, a lot of improvement needs to be done, but same goes to other place as well. They might have some great infrastructure here and there but lacking in some other areas.

I’ve been traveling to one of the most develop country and also to among the poorest one and to be honest, the more I travel, the more I love my very own country. Maybe to some of you like to settle down to other country but for me, this is my “Home”, “Malaysia, Here Lies a Love” and Happy Malaysia 57th Independence Day.

Travel and Photography | Climb The Mountain So You Can See The World

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Once Upon a Time On Top of Mount Kinabalu | Sabah Malaysia North Borneo

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

- David McCullough Jr. -

 

Portrait Photography | The Secret for Getting Razor Sharp Photos With 50 mm Lens

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Portrait of Arianna My Daughter | ISO 400 | f/2 | 1/160 | 50 mm

“Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multimedia montage, the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected.”

- Ralph Gibson -

I’m quite busy this past few days, actually I’m very busy this month, and hardly have any time left to photograph my family but this late afternoon I took the chance to photograph my little daughter Arianna. The photograph above were taken with my trusted 50 mm f/1.4 lens. Anyway this morning while busy covering the rehearsal of the upcoming Malaysia 57th Independence Day Celebration at Independence Square Kuala Lumpur, I met one of my Facebook friend asking me about 50 mm lens.

To cut the things short, we were talking about shutter speed, aperture and ISO, some  basic setting about photography and I told him that among the most important factor that must be taken into consideration when using 50 mm lens at wide aperture like f/1.8 or f/2 is to use very fast shutter speed especially if we are hand holding the camera.

Normally I will never use a shutter speed any lower than 1/100 when photographing my children, simply because they never know how to stand still for a few second, always on the move. It was very late afternoon when I took the photograph above and in order for me to be able to use faster shutter speed, I need to increase the ISO to 400, at first I try to use ISO 200 but then in order for me to properly exposed the images I need to use shutter speed around 1/60 sec and I know that won’t gonna work, unless I’m photographing a statue.

*Note : Using smaller aperture like f/8 or f/22 and using lower ISO will definitely add up to the sharpness of the photograph  but if you are using 50 mm lens for portrait work with large aperture like f/2, then you really need to pay closer attention to the shutter speeds that you are using.

Actually I’ve written  quite a long blog post about this subject already. Maybe you can visit my previous blog post HERE for more information.

Raptai Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-57 | Dataran Merdeka | Malaysia 57th Independence Day

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raptai Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-57 Di Dataran Merdeka

Banyak sebenarnya gambar raptai yang saya rakam tapi macam suratkhabar jugaklah, dalam beribu-ribu gambar yang dirakam oleh sang photographer, adalah sepuluh keping atau sekeping sahaja yang keluar di dada akhbar. Saya bukan tak nak kongsi banyak lagi gambar tapi jadual saya agak sibuk, lagipun bandwidth broadband saya dah menjerit semput, maklulah broadband ni bukan company yang sediakan, so nak guna quota bandwidth untuk perkara lain lagi seperti baca blog-blog travel dan tengok harga tiket kapal terbang.

Just nak beritahu gambar “Human Pattern” yang ramai-ramai tu saya rakam di jejantas LRT Bandaraya yang menghala ke SOGO, kalau sesiapa yang nak ambil gambar kat sana tak perlu ada pass media, boleh jer, cuma ruang agak sempit. Tak perlulah awal-awal nak ke sana, boleh rakam gambar di Dataran Merdeka dulu, bila perbarisan mula berarak masuk melalui pentas utama, sesiapa yang nak rakam human pattern ni boleh angkat kaki pergi sana. Kalau tak larat berjalan kaki, naik sahaja LRT dari Masjid Jamek. Rakaman gambar “human pattern” tu saya guna lens 70-200 mm sahaja.

Untuk makluman semua lagi, Sambutan Kemerdekaan ni seperti biasa akan bermula tepat pukul 8 AM dengan kehadiran SPB YDP Agong. So kepada sesiapa yang nak datang sini, datang awal, pernah beberapa kali sewaktu saya nak balik naik LRT menuju ke Masjid Jamek, jumpa beberapa anggota keluarga yang bawa anak kecil tanya, dah habis ke perarakan, kalau pukul 10 Am datang memang dah nak selesai, kebiasaanya seawal jam 7:30 AM laluan menuju ke Dataran Merdeka terutamanya di pinggir-pinggir jalan dah penuh sesak dengan orang ramai. Kepada yang nak datang dengan keluarga tu datang seawal mungkin untuk mengelakkan kekecewaan. Kepada yang minat photography, datang awal supaya boleh pilih sudut pandang yang diinginkan.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Antara Watak Kartun Yang Mengambil Bahagoan | Upin dan Ipin

Kepada yang nak bawa anak-anak tengok watak Upin dan IPin tu jangan berharap sangat, sebabnya dari apa yang saya tengok karakter Upin dan Ipin tu hanya beraksi di pentas utama sahaja, saya tak nampak pulak karakter tu berjalan kaki dari Dataran Merdeka Sampai ke Sogo sana. So tak perlulah nak berjanji dengan anak-anak tetapi mungkin anda boleh tunggu hingga majlis selesai. Lepas semua VVIP bergerak pulang, mungkin boleh bawa anak-anak ke tengah padang di Dataran, Kalau ada rezeki dan bernasib baik, bolehlah bergambar kenangan dengan Upin dan iPin. Upin dan iPin tiada dalam rakaman gambar di atas tu sebab mereka sedang menyanyi di pentas utama bersama kakaknya.

Isha Rulina - Salam. Cantik-cantil gambar fotografi yang dihasilkan di website Wazariwazir ni.